* Kachikwu/Baru feud: PDP, SERAP call for suspension of Baru, Buhari meets minister today (Punch) * Why 2018 budget may exceed N10 trillion, by Saraki (Guardian)

* Kachikwu/Baru feud: PDP, SERAP call for suspension of Baru, Buhari meets minister today (Punch)    * Why 2018 budget may exceed N10 trillion, by Saraki (Guardian)



Kachikwu/Baru feud: PDP, SERAP call for suspension of Baru, Buhari meets minister today (Punch)

Barring any last minute change in plan, President Muhammadu Buhari will, on Friday (today), hold a crucial meeting with the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. This is the first one-on-one meeting Buhari will be having with the minister since a letter Kachikwu wrote to the President on the conduct of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, was made public. It will also be the first time the minister will be meeting the President, who is the substantive Minister of Petroleum Resources, since Buhari returned from his medical trip on August 19. Read more

Why 2018 budget may exceed N10 trillion, by Saraki (Guardian)

Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday declared that the inability of the Federal Government to implement over 50 per cent of the N7.4 trillion budget for 2017 would jerk the 2018 spending proposals to over N10 trillion. In his remarks during the debate on the implementation of the 2017 budget on the floor of the Senate, Saraki said: “If the implementation of the 2017 budget is going to be 50 per cent, it means we should expect to have a budget of N10 trillion in 2018. I hope the executive takes note of that.” Read more

Ekiti rainstorm, flood victims get relief materials (Punch)

The Federal Government on Thursday distributed relief materials to 300 victims of natural disasters in Ekiti State.

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, flagged off the distribution on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari at the office of the National Emergency Management Agency in Ado Ekiti. Fayemi said Buhari was concerned about the plight of victims of natural disasters like rainstorm and flood, many of whom had been rendered homeless. Relief materials distributed included bags of rice, millet and cement; corrugated iron sheets, blankets, mats and detergents. Read more

Southern, M’Belt leaders condemn Operation Python Dance, others (Punch)

The Southern, Middle Belt Leaders Forum has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of intimidating Nigerians in some parts of the country with military operations. The forum, which comprised delegates from the South-West, South-East, South-South and Middle-Belt states, rose from a consultative meeting on Thursday in Abuja with a call on the Federal Government to stop the deployment of troops in the South-West and South-South. It states that under federalism, the Federal Government should not deploy troops in the federating units without the invitation, adding that the government must employ dialogue above raw force. Read more

Amosun pledges commitment to promotion, approves leave bonus (Guardian)

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun has pledged commitment to teachers’ promotion in the state.The governor, who made the pledge at the Arcade Ground, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, also announced approval of outstanding leave bonus for civil servants in the state. He stressed the importance of teachers in reshaping and developing the society, adding that the day was an opportunity for the professionals to take stock of their roles in nation building. Read more

No cash yet for $16 billion eastern railway project, says Amaechi (Guardian)

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday said that the Federal Government had approved $16 billion for the eastern railway project but that there was no cash yet to begin work on the project. Amaechi, who spoke with State House Correspondents after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the progress in the transportation sector, also disclosed that the Federal Government is set to receive 17 more locomotives with 10 designated for Kaduna/Abuja axis and seven for the Itakpe-Warri axis. Read more

Troops intercept three Boko Haram terrorists at IDPs’ camp in Borno (Guardian)

Troops of 22 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Operation Lafiya Dole said they intercepted three Boko Haram terrorists who were trying to wreak havoc at an Internally-Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Borno State.  A statement signed by Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen Sani Usman, in Abuja yesterday, said if not for the efforts of the vigilant troops who engaged the suicide bombers, it would have been heavy casualties at the camp. Read more

Dogara seeks improved welfare, stakeholders urge empowerment, training (Guardian)

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara yesterday urged the authorities to improve the welfare of teachers.In a statement to mark the 2017 World Teachers Day, Dogara said teachers deserve to be commended for their service to the development of the Nigerian child.  He canvassed opportunities of continuous training and retraining, improved remuneration and provision of requisite infrastructure to enable them to impart knowledge to students in line with global standards.According to him, the empowerment of teachers remains a top priority in all education and development strategies. Read more

Police invite Davido, others over Tagbo’s controversial death (Punch)

The Lagos State Police Command has commenced investigations to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of Tagbo, a friend of the hip hop musician, David Adeleke, popularly called Davido. The command said it was awaiting the result of an autopsy conducted on the deceased to ascertain the cause of death, which would guide its investigations. The Acting Commissioner of Police in the state, Edgar Imohimi, said on Thursday that he had and met with Davido and other parties involved in the case. Read more

Broke Lagos factory worker invites gang to rob boss (Punch)

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Lagos State Police Command has arrested two members of a five-man robbery gang in the Igando area of the state. The suspects – Abraham Robinson and Seyi Shomefun – were reportedly apprehended after robbing the manager of sachet water factory, Hamadig Pure Water Company, on Aminat Burdge Street, Igando. Punch Metro learnt that the robbery was masterminded by a worker at the factory, identified as Israel. Read more

Court orders arrest of witness in Egbegbe’s fraud case (Punch)

The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the arrest of a police officer, Bello Abubakar, listed as the first prosecution witness in the case of a Nigerian film maker, Olajide Kazeem, better known as Seun Egbegbe, who was charged with serial frauds involving N39, 098,100, $90,000 and £12,550. The trial judge in the case, Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, said on Thursday that Abubakar must be produced before her on October 11 to continue his testimony. The judge had earlier issued a bench warrant against Abubakar, ordering that he must be in court on Thursday. Read more

16 teams set for Fanz Championship Game Show (Punch)

Sixteen teams paired with celebrity coaches will compete for N4m and community projects worth N1m  in the fourth  season of the MTN Fanz Championship Africa Game Show which kicks off on Sunday. The game show,  which was developed by Abelinis Limited and Ultima Studios in partnership with MTN,  will  be aired every Saturday on TVC and NTA. Abiodun Oshinibosi, CEO of  Abelinis Limited,  said,  “Fanz Championship Africa gives lovers of the game a medium to test their knowledge of the lifestyle, entertainment and business of football. Designed to engage and reward fans for their knowledge of leagues and tournaments worldwide, the show will give winners a chance to contribute to their community’s development.” Read more

Wilder reignites Joshua rivalry (Punch)

Heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder reignited his rivalry with Anthony Joshua claiming Tyson Fury should be British boxing’s golden child, according to Daily Star. Tyson’s cousin, Hughie, lost against Joseph Parker in controversial fashion on his first attempt at the heavyweight world title two weeks ago, while the Gypsy King himself has faced disciplinary action from the British Boxing Board of Control. Speaking about the Fury’s recent misfortunes in England, Wilder said,  “It’s a damn shame. Read more

England ace Rashford should play more central like Ronaldo and Messi – Keown (Express)

That is the view of former Arsenal defender-turned-pundit Martin Keown. Rashford, 19, put in an impressive performance for England as they snatched a 1-0 win against Slovenia thanks to an injury-time goal from Harry Kane. This victory sealed the Three Lions’ place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Marcus Rashford was deployed on the left side of attack, a role he has been playing in for Manchester United this season. But Keown reckons he should be playing in a more central position rather than out wide if he is to reach the level of stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Read more

Newcastle United news LIVE – Winger injury update, latest on takeover talks ( Chroniclelive)

There has been plenty of takeover talk at Newcastle United in recent days – and it’s ramped up since Amanda Staveley’s appearance at St James’ Park on Sunday for the Liverpool game. And Tuesday night brought fresh revelations that she’d spoken to three of the main power brokers at United – Justin Barnes, Lee Charnley and Keith Bishop and now reports from the gulf suggests Staveley could ‘get a deal done quickly’. Read more

Europe’s business heads aim to keep Iran nuclear deal despite US threat (Guardian)

European Union business leaders have said they are prepared to do everything they can to salvage the Iran nuclear deal in the event of a US withdrawal, as the Danish credit agency extended export guarantees to Tehran ahead of a showdown with Donald Trump. The US president has reportedly decided to decertify Iran’s compliance with the landmark nuclear deal next week. On Thursday he warned a meeting of US military leaders that Tehran was not living up to the “spirit of the agreement” and cryptically added they were witnessing “the calm before the storm”. Read more

Sadat’s ghost haunts Mubarak’s dreams for Egypt – archive, 1984 (Guardian)

Three years have passed since President Sadat was assassinated, and President Mubarak has run through half his presidential term. Yet his Egypt still lacks a distinctive shape and people are wondering if there is a real Mr Mubarak still waiting to emerge, ready to stamp Egypt as decisively as his two predecessors. Mr Youssef Idriss, one of the country’s best-known writers and political commentators, said recently: ‘With Mubarak, we have entered a strange period in Egyptian life … Sadat dead is in some ways stronger than Sadat alive: His men are still in every corner of Egypt, whether as thieves or as policemen.’ Read more

British soldiers ran towards danger to help victims of Las Vegas shooting (Skynews)

The troopers from the 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards were enjoying a short break from training in the desert when the shooting erupted. They ran towards the danger, shepherding people to safety and administering first aid to those trying to escape the gunfire. They had been in hotels close to the Mandalay Bay, from where Steven Paddock opened fire on festivalgoers below. Trooper Ross Woodward told Sky News: “It is a decision that will live with me for the rest of my life but I would do the same thing again.” Read more

Trump: This is the calm before the storm (BBC)

The cryptic comments came hours after reports he was planning to withhold support for the Iran nuclear deal. But the “storm” could also refer to heightened tensions with North Korea. He had earlier told his top defence officials he expected them to provide “a broad range of military options… at a much faster pace” in future.

Mr Trump, posing with his wife Melania, as well as military leaders and their wives ahead of a White House dinner following Thursday’s meetings, asked the waiting press if they knew “what this represents”.”Maybe it’s the calm before the storm,” he said. Read more

Spain, Las Vegas, Nobel Prizes: Your Friday Briefing(Nytimes)

Spain’s constitutional court has blocked a session of the Catalan Parliament in a bid to stop the region’s lawmakers from declaring independence on Monday. In Madrid, Spanish flags are suddenly appearing on homes. Our correspondents in Madrid and Barcelona look at how the referendum has revived a long-dormant Spanish nationalism. Above, some opponents of Catalan independence called for the implementation of Article 155 of Spain’s Constitution, under which Madrid could seize administrative control of the region. Read more

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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